A sure sign of Spring is the Masters Golf Tournament teeing off in Augusta, Georgia. Unless it was last season when the event was delayed until November due to COVID-19. Even with the delay, a familiar favorite – Dustin Johnson – took home the green jacket.
This year there are still a few changes. Tiger Woods won his 5th Masters the year before Johnson. Woods is not playing due to his injuries from a car wreck. And, the popular Par-3 event has been canceled again this year due to COVID-19s.
The good news is that Tournament officials have announced that fans will be allowed but in reduced numbers. Expect 12 to 14 thousand daily fans instead of 40 to 50 thousand. Those fans will see familiar faces coming in as favorites.
When it comes to the field, there are traditionally around 100 players. The Masters is an invitational event limited to the top 50 ranked golfers, past Masters winners, and winners of select tournaments with a few others added in.
That means every player in the field can win this tournament! Here are the top-five favorites through +1100 to win the 2021 Masters outright according to Intertops.
Augusta National is what it has always been – one of the best examples of a classic golf course. There are very few holes that golf fans don’t know by heart so there is little additional info to add here.
However, there are some trivia bits of information that are worth mentioning. As of 1994, the course's greens are maintained in a way to try to ensure a hard and fast putting surface. This is done with the help of an underground irrigation/ventilation system known as the SubAir System.
Also, the sand bunkers don’t use sand! The bunkers are filled with granulated quartz which is known as "Spruce Pine sand" which is also known as SP55. The brilliant white sand-like material originally was a by-product of quartz mining.
Last week I ended my fade on Jordan Speith and this week I’m doing the same on Dustin Johnson who comes in as a co-favorite at +800. Johnson won the 2020 Masters by going 20 under and winning by five strokes over Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith. He could be the first golfer to win back-to-back Masters since Tiger Woods did it in 2001 and 2002.
Justin Thomas +1100
Justin Thomas placed a solo fourth during the Masters last season and his putting has gotten even better! In 2021, he’s already won THE PLAYERS Championship, carded a T2 at the ZOZO Championship, and finished 3 rd at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Augusta is a great place for a golfer who is in a putting groove.
Patrick Reed +2500
Patrick Reed beat Rickie Fowler for the 2018 Masters win by one stroke and last year he finished T10. This season he won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Reed, like Thomas, has a strong putter as he leads the PGA in Strokes Gained/Putting.
Others I Like: The only reason I’m listing Bryson DeChambeau (+800) here instead of one of my three players above is that I’m not sure DeChambeau’s current “power” style of play matches well with Augusta National. He may need to dial back the muscle for his first Green Jacket. Sergio Garcia (+5000) won the Masters in 2017 in a playoff against Justin Rose (+6600), don’t be surprised if either of these two players are in the mix on Sunday.
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